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April 10, 2003

 

Barbee

Mary Jane Barbee, 86, of Lexington, died Monday, April 7, 2003, at her residence following a long illness.

A native of Wolfe County, she was the daughter of the late John and Lillie Taulbee Dalton.

Survivors include a daughter, Sybil Mohr, Winchester; a brother, J. Ralph Dalton, Fort Wayne, Ind.; two sisters, Thelma Walters and Emma Sowder, both of Versailles; two grandchildren, Robert K. Mohr and Cynthia Munn, both of Winchester; and four great grandchildren, Lorin Munn, Brianna Munn, Abigail Mohr and Bethany Mohr, all of Winchester. A son, Bobby Lee Moore, is deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, April 9, 2003, at the Hearne Funeral Home, Stanton, by Bro. Verne C. Mohr. Burial was in the Stanton Cemetery.

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Butcher

Pastor Dora Elizabeth "Blue Eyes" Merriman Douglas Wheeler Butcher, 72, of Lexington, widow of Beattie F. Butcher, died Friday, April 4, 2003, at her residence.

Born in Lexington, she was the daughter of the late Oscar and Martha Merriman. She was a minister and a member of Harvest Worship Center and Church of Deliverance.

Survivors include three daughters, Marian Spencer, Lavina "Peanuts" Williams, and Judy McWhorter, all of Lexington; 16 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; a sister, Lecie Adams, Versailles; and many other relatives. A sister, Thelma Merriman, and a brother, Joseph Merriman, are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, April 7, 2003, at Harvest Worship Center by the Rev. Dow Moses. Burial was in Hillcrest Memorial Park. Casket bearers were Johnny Edwards, Joseph Williams, Ishmael McWhorter, Joshua Edwards, Joshua Williams, Jerry G. Williams, John Williams, and Terry Hendren. Kerr Brothers Funeral Home - Main Street was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504.

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Clark

Norma Combs Clark, 63, of Bayberry Road, Versailles, widow of Victor Clark, died Thursday, April 3, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital Hospice Care Unit in Lexington.

A native of Hazard, she was the daughter of the late Norman and Katherine Hicks Combs. She was the assistant vice president for Bank One, where she was employed for 25 years. She was a member of Woodford Community Christian Church, was the former ministry team leader of adult education, former Sunday school teacher director, and the past president of the Ladies Circle.

Survivors include a son, Eddie Clark, Columbus, Ohio; a sister, Delores Combs, Louisville; three brothers, Harold Combs, Jeff, Ira Combs, Jeff, and Oscar Combs, Lexington; three granddaughters, Lydia Grace Clark, Marlee Taylor Clark, and Amber Meredith Clark.

Services were conducted Saturday, April 5, 2003, at Woodford Community Christian Church in Versailles by the Rev. Palmer Young, the Rev. Randy Nation, and the Rev. Gary Black. Burial was in Paris Cemetery. Casket bearers were Don Robinson, Adrian Kash, Jim Chism, Jerry Tabor, Mike Haggerty, and Mike Canfield. Clark-Sunset Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Contributions may be made to the Woodford Community Christian Church Building Fund.

 

Devers

George E. Devers Jr., 70, of 260 West Stephens Street, Midway, retired custodian and bus driver for the Woodford County Schools, husband of Jeanette Traugott Devers, died Tuesday, April 8, 2003.

Born in Woodford County, he was the son of the late George E. Sr. and Luvenia Rogers Devers.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by seven children, Georgia Altamirano, Lexington, Kirk Devers, Georgetown, Dianne Devers, Willington, W.Va., George E. "Sonny" Devers III, Midway, Marcus Devers, Lexington, Deborah Saylor, Oxford, Ohio, and Brenda Lawson, Barbourville; a sister, Helen Eades; five brothers, Sylvester Devers, Lawrence Devers, Dwayne Devers, Bradford Devers, and Lowell Devers; 10 stepchildren, Jesse, James, Arlene, Gloria, Naomi, Johnny, Juanita, Peggy, Sherry, and Donnie; 19 grandchildren; and numerous step-grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, April 11, 2003, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by Chaplain Mike Harris. Interment will follow at the Midway Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 9 p.m. today (Thursday) at the funeral home.

 

Harrod

James Preston "Prez" Harrod, infant son of Reid Kimble Harrod Jr. and Jennifer Johnson Harrod of 303 Princess Circle, Versailles, was born April 1, 2003, and died April 2, 2003.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by maternal grandparents Glenda Newman Johnson of Versailles and Berlin Johnson of Lexington; paternal grandparents Frances Claire Harrod of Frankfort and Reed Kimble Harrod and his wife Betty of Jamestown; great grandmother, Evelyn Harrod, Frankfort; five aunts, Stephanie Johnson Webb, Louisville, Rosalyn Johnson Valdez, Hawaii, Melody Harrod Stratton, Simpsonville, and Julieanne Harrod and Paula Joan Harrod, both of Frankfort; an uncle, Eric Berlin Johnson, Versailles; and several cousins.

Services were conducted Saturday, April 5, 2003, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. James Stillwell. Interment was in Rose Crest Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the Ronald McDonald House charities.

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Hoard

Carol Lynn Davis Hoard, 54, of 844 Kingsway Drive, co-owner of Hoard and Sons Drilling Inc., wife of Bencil "Butch" Hoard, died Thursday, April 3, 2003, at the Markey Cancer Center, Lexington, after a short illness.

Born Nov. 5, 1948, at Gassaway, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Alvie and Orpha Posey Davis. She was a member of the Versailles United Methodist Church and a resident of Versailles since 1975.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Rodney Hoard, Versailles, and Douglas Hoard, Lexington; a brother James Alvie Davis Jr., Sutton, W.Va.; and four grandchildren, Allison Hoard, Jacob Hoard, Jonathan Hoard, and Laura Hoard. Two brothers, Jack James and Robert Duffield, are deceased.

Services were conducted Sunday, April 6, 2003, at the Greene-Robertson Funeral Home in Sutton, W.Va., by the Rev. Frank Brown. Visitation was from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 4, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home in Versailles. Memorials are suggested to the McDowell Cancer Foundation at Markey Center, 800 Rose Street, Lexington, KY. 40536-0093.

 

Holland

Margaret M. Holland, 87, of 513 Sheffield Drive, Versailles, widow of Marion N. Holland, died Saturday, April 5, 2003, at the Bluegrass Community Hospital.

Born in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late James Newton and Mary Harrod Bobbitt. She was a member of the Versailles Presbyterian Church and had retired from the Woodford County Schools, where she had worked in the cafeteria at Simmons Elementary School and Woodford County High School.

Survivors include four daughters, Molly Hay, Helen McIntosh, Peggy Flora, and Gay Etherington, all of Versailles; a son, Jimmy Holland, Lawrenceburg; 11 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.

Services were conducted Tuesday, April 8, 2003, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Howard Whitehouse. Interment was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were grandsons David Flora, Jimmy Smith, Eddie Hay, Jamie Holland, Donald Woods, and Kenny Woods.

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McDaniel

 Arnold "Pete" McDaniel, 44, of 107 Woodlawn Drive, a carpenter and employee of OSRAM Sylvania Lamp Plant, husband of Sherri Shea McDaniel, died Monday, April 7, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington.

Born in Woodford County, he was the son of the late Frank and Dora Dale Flora McDaniel and was a member of the King’s Way Assembly of God Church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Krystel Marie McDaniel; two sons, Pete McDaniel and Kevin McDaniel; a grandson, Blake McDaniel, all of Versailles; and a sister, Virginia Armstrong, Bloomington, Ind. A brother, Frankie McDaniel, is deceased.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. today, Thursday, April 10, 2003, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by Pastor Joe Girdler. Interment will follow at the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Pete McDaniel, Kevin McDaniel, Mike DeBorde, B. J. Ellis, Kyle Whelan, Lynn Rice, Tommy Reynolds, Billy McDaniel, and Kenyln Fugate.

Memorials are suggested to the King’s Way Assembly of God Church, P. O. Box 425, Versailles, KY 40383.

 

Middleton

Susie Holly Middleton, 73, of 105 Martin Luther King Boulevard, Versailles, widow of John Robert Middleton, died Friday, April 4, 2003, at Taylor Manor Nursing Home.

Born in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Richard and Elizabeth Campbell Holly. She was a longtime member and Sunday school teacher at the Versailles First Baptist Church. A Simmons High School graduate, she was retired after 34 years from Rand McNally and Company.

Survivors include a daughter, Therese Renée Middleton, Hampton, Va.; three sons, Timothy Farrell Middleton, Versailles, José Juan Middleton, Versailles, and Richard Wayne Middleton, Louisville; a sister, Minnie J. Lilly; six grandchildren, J. Juan Middleton II, Tammie Harris, Joseph F. Middleton, Wendell L. Lundy II, Ashley E. Lundy, Edward J. Middleton, Shana Morton, and Anora Morton; and nieces, nephews, and cousins. A daughter, Pamela Lundy, is deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, April 7, 2003, at the Versailles First Baptist Church by the Rev. Floyd Greene. Interment was in the Steele Cemetery. Casket bearers were her sons and grandsons. The Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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Murphy

Alice Lillian Murphy, 68, of Wayne, W. Va., formerly of Scott County, widow of Luther Murphy Jr., died Thursday, April 3, 2003, at the Cabell-Huntington Medical Center, Huntington, W. Va.

Born April 2, 1935, in Cincinnati, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Roy and Annie Belle Long Shouse. She was a former employee of the Continental Inn and was a member of the Royal Springs Baptist Church.

Survivors include three daughters, Loretta Ann Wethington, Midway, Darlene Faye Perry, Wayne, W. Va., and Brenda Sue Wireman, Nicholasville; a son, Ricky Wayne Murphy, Minneapolis, Minn.; 14 grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren. A daughter, Katherine Whaley, a son Roy Luther Murphy, and a granddaughter, Crystal Gail Wethington, are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, April 7, 2003, at the Tucker, Yocum and Wilson Funeral Home by the Rev. Dewell Perry. Burial was in the Masonic Cemetery, Stamping Ground. Casket bearers were Otha Wethington Jr., Larry Whaley, Tim Wireman, Jonathan Murphy, James Bishop , and John "Pete" Wesley Murphy.

 

Resinger

Dr. Harold E. "Jack" Resinger, 78, of 240 Rose Hill, Versailles, husband of Jacqueline K. Resinger, died Tuesday, April 8, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital, Savannah, Ga., after a long illness.

Born Dec. 18, 1924, in Applewald Borough, Kittanning, Pa., he was the son of William Gibson and Mamie Orvetta Trudgen Resinger. He was a well-known retired pathologist who spearheaded national efforts to have clinical laboratories headed by qualified medical practitioners. He was also one-time professional musician who played clarinet and saxophone, and performed with big bands and small jazz groups for two years after his release from the U.S. Army Medical Corps in 1946 after three years of military service. He continued to play after his stint as a professional.

Dr. Resinger obtained a bachelor of arts degree from the University of North Dakota Grand Forks in 1951, a bachelor of science in medicine from the same institution in 1952, and his M.D. from the University of Nebraska in 1954. He did his internship at Nebraska Medical Hospital in 1954 and 1955, was a resident in pathology at Mercy Hospital, Des Moines, Iowa, from 1955-59, was an associate pathologist with Drs. Frank C. Coleman, Clarence H. Denser, and M.A. Merservey in Des Moines from 1959-62. He served as a pathologist and director of the department of pathology at Good Samaritan Hospital in Lexington from 1962 to 1988, and a pathologist and director at the Good Samaritan Hospital School of Medical Technology from 1962-77.

He and a fellow pathologist, Dr. Harry Brown, formed International Clinical Laboratories in 1970 in an effort to counter a trend toward the operation of clinical laboratories by untrained people. The company acquired laboratories in several states, and went public in 1977.

He was a fellow of the College of American Pathologists and the American Society of Clinical Pathologists, and a member of the American Pathology Foundation, the American Medical Association, the Kentucky Medical Association, and the Fayette County Medical Association.

Resinger bought his Versailles home in 1962 and rebuilt it over a 22-year period. He was an avid collector of automobiles and wrote an autobiography called One Man’s Journey.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by seven children, Jim, Lexington, John, Portland, Ore., Paul, Versailles, David, Orlando, Fla.. Kelly, Haddonfield, N.J., and Nancy, Lexington; two stepdaughters, Cathy Stodghill, Louisville, and Susannah Whan, Lexington; 12 grandchildren; three step grandchildren; four great grandchildren; a brother, Harry Resinger, Fort Worth, Texas; and a sister-in-law, Margarita Resinger, Lexington.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 12, 2003, at St. John’s Episcopal Church. Burial will be in the Versailles Cemetery. Friends may call from 5-9 p.m. Friday, April 11, at the family home at 240 Rose Hill. Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the University of North Dakota School of Medicine, Office of the Dean, 501 North Columbia, Grand Forks, ND 58202-9037, or to the charity of one’s choice.

 

Tilghman

Alice Frances Young Tilghman, 89, of 336 Ridgewood Drive, widow of Wallace E. Tilghman, died Wednesday, April 2, 2003, at her residence.

Born March 17, 1914, in Fayette County, she was the daughter of the late William and Matilda Corine Wardle Young. She was a longtime member of the South Elkhorn Baptist Church, where she taught children and adults for many years and served in many church activities.

Survivors include a daughter, Lillie E. Cox, Versailles; a son, Kenneth F. Tilghman, Versailles; a grandson, Marvin Wallace Cox, Versailles; and two granddaughters, Tracy Leigh Tilghman, Atlanta, Ga., and Kristin Young Tilghman, Midway. A sister, Lillie B. Young, and twin brothers Willie and Everett Young, are deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, April 5, 2003, at the Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel by the Rev. Phil Shultz and the Rev. Jimmy Closterman. Burial was in Hillcrest Memorial Park. Casket bearers were Cliff Allen, Don Closterman, Tom Downey, Mark Rice, Harold Marshall, and Jimmy Franklin. Honorary bearers were Jeanne Allen, Betty Farris, Georgia Long, Helen Searcy, Betty Biggerstaff, and the members of Mrs. Tilghman’s Sunday school class and missions group.

Contributions may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass.

 

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